https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

Idea for "Stories" : Non-Fiction

I love the "Stories" feature in Labs, but I have an idea that might make it better, or at least more diverse: introduce simplified, non-fiction articles, with follow-up questions.

Don't get me wrong, I love reading about Cindy's accounting internship and Eric's magical hair salon, but sometimes I feel like I'd be more interested in reading about the Napoleonic Wars in French, Frida Kahlo in Spanish, or Max Planck in German. That way, I can learn the language while learning something I would find interesting in English as well, like a "two-for-one" learning experience.

What do others think of this idea? Do you think it's feasible?

October 20, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpOoOoOk

That sounds like a great idea! And maybe there could be an exclusive section in the language tree which corresponds with the story you're reading that can be purchased for lingots.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Sounds like a great idea! It would be fun to read about the Vikings in Norwegian.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Revan899782

Danish and Swedish too! Hopefully some day Icelandic will also join us. :)

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SteffiBookworm

Apart from that science can actually be pretty interesting :)

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

I don’t spend much time with the stories. If this idea were used, I would.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yah511

This reminds me of the old Translation feature that used to be on Duolingo, most of the articles there were non-fiction.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

Do you mean Immersion?

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Beardy123

This sounds like a great idea! I definitely think it would be feasible. It would also help with expanding vocabulary as it would cover a wider topic I would have thought

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

This would be pretty cool. I'd also really like to see simplified versions of literary classics. After all, they have a pretty big impact on the culture behind the language. Imagine reading a simplified version of The Tale of Genji (assuming Japanese ever gets Stories).

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi

oh that would be so awesome! Sounds like an idea one of my Argentinian friends and I came up with. It would be so cool to learn a language by translating passages of the greatest books written in that language.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanda755122

I love this idea! Another thing that would make the stories more useful is if each story completed could unlock a new unit in the tree corresponding to the vocab in the story. Currently, it is difficult to reinforce the vocabulary in the stories because you don't get to practice it in the Duolingo tree. You could add words to tinycards, but practicing content in duo would be less boring and more cohesive!!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndromedanNebula

Things related to culture would be nice.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ethnocontinuo

This would be a great idea! Including traditional stories and folktales would be another interesting way to shake things up.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JordynArzi

I think that sounds like a great idea. Especially because it incorporates reading comprehension, which for me personally is difficult.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Noah225463

Awesome idea! It is kind of like the non fiction readings in textbooks, but since it might be on Duolingo, it won't be as boring

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgatobandido

That is a very good idea, I think having "stories" with a number of different subjects that would be interesting to read.
People would be more motivated to practice their language reading skills if they had something to read that they would want to read anyway.

So some history articles, profiles of famous people historical and contemporary, some about science, some about sports, and other subjects that might engage readers.
Another thing that might help is if the stories or articles were organized by reading level, real simple short stories for beginners, longer more advanced ones for more seasoned learners of the language in question, maybe have a reading level system: Level 1 or A would be very simple and very short possibly only one or two verb tenses, level 2 or B would have more tenses and more complex grammar and so on.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Yes please!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cymas86

I think short history/culture lessons would be a fantastic idea, but difficult to integrate.

For example, you can't talk about Brazilian culture without soccer so I think a series of lessons that teach soccer terms would be great. And tie it into history with the story of the 1950 World Cup, and maybe the story of Pele too.

But, you would almost need a separate course just for that type of lesson and it would take a ton of contributor resources. I'd be down to thrown in a few, but it would still require fluent translators.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Laconcha432

Superb idea! Specially with follow-up questions in order to test comprehension. By adding many different topics (non-fictions); next to learning a new language,we would certainly add valuable knowledge to what we already know about the history, culture, food, life style, etc. of the corresponding countries which speak that particular language. You earned a lingo!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Connectica

Great idea; maybe current and past events from Spanish language newspapers and magazines, poetry and short stories from the great authors past and present, and classic songs.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/benmaja

Really good idea - and Duo staff wouldn't have to write them! Books out of copyright period are probably OK; quoting newspapers on current events would presumably need permission, and as elvper says, carefully chosen topics, but they would be so great for up-to-date vocab! I am in France at the moment, in the middle of the southern area recently devastated by floods, and not only have I been so impressed by the wonderful courage and supportiveness of the local people, but I have also learnt a lot of new words!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithOsbor2

I like this idea! As you say, a two for one!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Makoto_Ao

Luke,

I would be ecstatic for any stores, conversation, or subject matter discussed in Japanese. It would be awesome to go beyond random practice sentences. Currently we have had to go to external sources for content and context. It is difficult to find material that is not too advanced, although I have been delighted with a news site that publishes articles at the primary school level. Reading articles on other sites becomes overwhelming when it gets too advanced, but I have found that I can use tools like google translate and online dictionaries, etc. to hold my own with less complex material. Doing this is helping a lot, but better material would be wonderful. I would even be happy to get material without a translation. Let us take a stab at it. It would make for some interesting conversation. Regardless, I am very happy to have this site. I appreciate what you've done, and encourage you to keep up the great work. Thank you!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/was_ist_das

Traditionally university language programs revolve around literature, so this makes a lot of sense here too. Synopses of popular literature in the target language, and varied news stories from those countries would be great.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marilyn563586

I agree - just got interested in the stories - I reward myself with a story after I complete a duolingo task. AND, i too would be interested in a non fiction story. I am so happy a friend cajoled me into trying duolingo.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcinM85

It would be great! Actually, I know one website that uses a similar approach, for teaching Persian:
https://www.persianlanguageonline.com/learn/
It's slightly different than Duolingo stories because on that website one can read and listen to the whole article and there is a separate section with exercises related to the texts. The articles (especially the more advanced ones) are often related to the Iranian culture.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JackRabbitEagan

Reading about the warring states period would be interesting.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria_321-

This is a great idea

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Saxophon3

Another thing they could do is get extracts from old books for english learners they could read extracts from animal farm or christmas carol for french learners voltare for german learners gürter this way they can see older versions of the language too

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/compsognathus

Yes!! That would be super fun and useful!!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2

Great idea, but the problem is that we have to convince them to do it and making separate non-fiction stories for different languages may not go down well with some people. I'm all for it, though.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/webgenie

I'd love to have any kind of stories in Danish (and several other languages) I checked it out in French, and it was great.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi

yes yes yes!! That would be awesome!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBurt8

History or even articles about places of interest in the countries where the language is spoken, or interesting cultural practices and things to do. Like a guide-book to the region, and you're learning the language at the same time.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewHul18

Fantastic idea - also more/less explosions

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pennfonlon

Yes, that is a very great idea. I like it and i also think it will also help us learn about other cultures.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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I do like this idea !
Could it be feasible to do this - even with the resources we have at our disposal.
i.e. by using the relevant resources of these discussion forums.

Perhaps even to start some initial development, and test out engagement.

For ideas, in the Greek for English speakers forum, there is this structure, produced by the amazing troll1995

The Translators #6 (The Comeback :P )

Do others have examples of similar ideas that people are working with in any of the other forums ?

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

I think it is a great idea. They could do short stories about the actual country we are learning about!! a bit of it's history, famous people facts from that country or whatever..

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelSnowflakes

that could be cool

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Sure, good idea, but it would mainly have to be topics that are of interest to a wide range of people (to be viable).

Edit: on the topic of stories, it would be nice to get a little update on its status as there hasn't been a post about them in the past ~ 2 months or so while it used to more common, isn't it?

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jil_C

I totally agree; categories of history, sport, nature, gardening, humour, entertainment, etc., etc., etc! Not that I have read any stories yet but there used to be an area on Duolingo to post text for translation and open for others to review and amend the errors.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fractal_shadow

Yes, I agree!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDanje

That's a perfect idea

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/adriantighe

Great idea

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fanmingchun

Sounds a lot like newsela, but for learning a language!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Becky245205

I would be definitely interested in this feature! I have gone through a lot of Spanish stories and stopped because the stories stopped holding my attention, this would be a great way to continue learning :)

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/chuparrosa38

I like it, but it's ultimately up to Duolingo.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Naomi153048

I like stories better than history. Doing the stories thingie would be like a second school.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mebergio

Perfect suggestion! Have two lingots :D

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JanelleMobley

I love this idea! It would also be interesting to read about current events in countries of your target language or folklore from that country as well

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/A-positive-bean

That would be an interesting development to the stories. Good idea! :)

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PatCantDuo

Hey I noticed that you changed your bio. Did you move to Japan?

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dioidioi

I agree, on various topics and industries

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